Bones With Names: Long-Dead Bodies Archaeologists Have Identified
Historians record biographies of the rich and famous: kings, queens, emperors and knights. Archaeologists, more often than not, dig up common people, who remain stubbornly anonymous in death.
Occasionally, however, the written record and the archaeological record collide. In rare situations, researchers are actually able to identify a collection of bones as a person in the historical record. Many of these identifiable, or “individualized,” remains belonged to royalty or other high-profile people, the sort who tend to be buried in lavish graves stamped with their names.
The bodies of royalty are not necessarily more important to archaeologists, who can learn much about diet and lifestyle by examining the bones of commoners. But there’s something thrilling about uncovering this concrete evidence of the past. Read more.